Search Results: "William Rau"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 20, 2013

"An exhilarating journey through a pivotal moment in art history conducted by a captivating docent."
Monumental in scope and size, Rau's coffee-table book tells the story of "art that changed the world" through stunning, full-color reproductions and comprehensive essays. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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The Ghost, Josephine by Brad  Rau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2015

"Tightly paced, controlled, and written with a sure grasp of character and voice, Rau's novel is a formidable debut."
Grief and loss haunt a laborer from a small town in Maine in Rau's well-written debut. Read full book review >

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THE WELLS FARGO BOOK OF THE GOLD RUSH by Margaret Rau
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"While this is not a first choice, it is certainly a good additional purchase, one that every school in the 'Golden State' will acquire. (index; no footnotes; bibliography lacks Web sites) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
California went from territory to statehood exceedingly fast because the discovery of gold brought in prospectors from any place on the globe where the news spread. Read full book review >

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TAMARIND WOMAN by Anita Rau Badami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2002

"Beautifully composed, but a journey into the past more notable for the travel than the destination. (Tamarind Woman is Montreal-based Badami's first novel; for her second, the prizewinning The Hero's Walk, see p. 199.)"
An evocation of the past in luminous prose doesn't quite save a thin story about a sharp-tongued mother and a homesick daughter who find understanding and redemption though continents apart. Read full book review >

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THE HERO’S WALK by Anita Rau Badami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2001

"Well-written, heartwarming: indeed, a kind of Indian Christmas Carol—but one in which the characterization and story play a subservient role to the somewhat labored strokes of local color."
A provincial Bengali family enters the 21st century, in this earnest story set in Toturpuram, "a squalid little town" on the Bay of Bengal. Read full book review >

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CORN APLENTY by Dana Meachen Rau
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2009

"A nice addition to school libraries looking to expand on the farm topic. (Early reader. 4-6)"
This Step 1 entry into the Step into Reading series gives teachers the opportunity to branch out from apples and pumpkins in their farm units. Read full book review >

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ROBOT, GO BOT! by Dana Meachen Rau
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"A straightforward tale of conflict and reconciliation for newly emergent readers? Not exactly, which raises it above the rest. (Easy reader. 4-6)"
In this deceptively spare, very beginning reader, a girl assembles a robot and then treats it like a slave until it goes on strike. Read full book review >

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STANLEY THE FARMER by William Bee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Steady and bright, this will appeal to toddlers looking for comfort, not thrills. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cartoonlike hamster named Stanley and two other small mammals demonstrate the steps used to plant, maintain and harvest wheat at a typical commercial farm. Read full book review >

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MIGLOO'S DAY by William Bee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Whew. There's definitely a new 'Busytown' in town. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Doing Richard Scarry considerably more than one better, a peripatetic beagle sails through teeming cartoon seek-and-find scenes featuring over 65 named characters. Read full book review >

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GOLEMCHIK by William Exley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"Though this effort has some eerie moments, it's too abbreviated to offer more than sketches of plot or character. (Graphic short story. 7-9)"
A boy's dull summer turns exciting, to say the least, when he acquires a large and temperamental companion in this entry in a new series of graphic short stories. Read full book review >